Tomlin focused on facing Browns, not Garrett

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PITTSBURGH — Sunday will mark the first time the Pittsburgh Steelers take the field against Myles Garrett since last season’s ugly helmet-swinging altercation involving the Cleveland Browns pass rusher and then-starting quarterback Mason Rudolph.

But coach Mike Tomlin and his team aren’t focused on last year’s turmoil.

“They’re a 4-1 team,” Tomlin said Tuesday. “We’re trying to remain undefeated. We’re not looking for that low-hanging fruit or that reality TV storyline and so forth. This is a big game here in 2020.”

Tomlin is right. The Steelers are undefeated, while the Browns have just one loss. It’s the second-best combined win percentage (.889) in any game involving the Browns in NFL history, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

“We love being in the kitchen,” Tomlin said. “AFC North ball is in the kitchen. It’s hot in the North right now.”

Last year’s series was overshadowed by the altercation in the first meeting, coming on a Thursday night, that resulted in fines and suspensions for both teams, including a two-game suspension for center Maurkice Pouncey, an indefinite suspension for Garrett that ended in February and a $50,000 fine for Rudolph.

Garrett and Rudolph wrestled on the ground

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